Who Should Read This Page?
Have you or do you happen to know someone who is battling with some form of chronic infection? Then you have arrived at the right page. In this section you will learn about the nature of chronic infection and how to overcome it. You will also learn about the connection between cancer and chronic infection. Finally, we will outline Hope4Cancer Institute's strategies against chronic infection which are applicable to everybody, whether you have cancer or not.
What Are Chronic Infections? How Can You Win Against Them?
When you think of chronic infections, you think of the big diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. The reality is that there are a myriad of chronic infections, many too complex to uniquely describe. Chronic infections are insidious in nature. The immune system is incapable of fighting them off, as a result of which the infective agent can become entrenched in the system. Often the symptoms of a chronic infection are not even noticeable, but they tend to grow and cause potentially life threatening or quality of life degrading situations with time. Taking care of infections as early as possible is therefore of paramount importance.
If you have an active, defined chronic infection, such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, bladder infections, urinary tract infections and others, then you must take action immediately. Your action must be clearly defined in two areas: first, finding a solution to the infection and second, changing the body's environment that is helping it harbor the infection without fighting it off. If you do not know of any active infections, then it still makes sense to understand how you can prevent occurrence of chronic infections. Read ahead to learn more.
To learn more about the strong link between chronic disease and the incidence of cancer, click here.
There is a World of Difference Between Acute and Chronic Infections!
Chronic infections and acute infections may have similar infective agents, but the implications are different. Infections in general are a group of conditions characterized by an immune system whose defenses have been breached. A healthy immune system is fighting off infective agents all the time, often without us even noticing. We are under constant attack from bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Acute infections are those when the defenses get breached, but the immune system responds actively. After a brief battle, the immune system is typically victorious, and in many cases, antibodies formed from the exposure can protect the individual for certain periods of time from future infections.
Chronic infections are scenarios where the immune system fails to respond to the infective agent - for many possible reasons. It can cause inflammation of tissues that we may, or may not, be able to feel but which can have long term deleterious effects. Even though these chronic infections don’t always cause overt symptoms, they still tax the body and can cause nutritional deficiencies, stress on the adrenal glands and on the immune system as a whole.
Some Typical Chronic Infections include:
What Happens When I Have A Chronic Infection?
Chronic infection can affect and weaken the immune system resulting in many serious disorders. Chronic infection can also reduce the body’s ability to respond to pathogenic organisms, tumors, or tissue damage. Chronic infections may get worse, lead to death, be cured, remain dormant or require continual monitoring.